My king

I think this is an acceptable way to establish kingship.

Kennedy Bakircioglu, a midfielder for a Swedish football team Hammarby IF, scored a stunning 30-yard goal against Gothenburg earlier this week—but it’s not the goal that will go down in history. After scoring the uncatchable free-kick goal, the 37-year-old veteran started a frenzied race with his teammates towards the corner flag. In the middle of all the excitement, and amidst flying toilet paper raining down on them, a fan standing in the bleachers decided to throw him a beer because, well, he deserved one, didn’t he? Bakircioglu, totally unfazed by the foreign object hurtling towards him out of the stands, catches what appears to be a plastic pint of beer (that somehow didn’t all spill en route) mid-air, goes all helan går and downs it like a champ.

We’re all going to have to learn how to pronounce “Bakircioglu” now.

If you don’t like the idea of making him king, he’s at least earned a seat on the Supreme Court.


  1. MHiggo says

    Bah-KEER-see-oh-glu, apparently. I have a soft spot in my heart for him — he, like Labinot Harbuzi and Cherno Samba, is one of the great hidden gems of Championship Manager.

    Also, he’s an ethnic Assyrian, in case anyone who listened to Dan Carlin’s “Judgment at Nineveh” thought there weren’t any left.

  2. madtom1999 says

    Beer in those plastic cups is surprisingly easy to pass to others via a largely parabolic track. While at college we discovered this – even with only a mouthfull or two missing the shape means a reasonably carefully thrown beer can arrive at its destination heading bottom of glass first and can be caught cleanly with a little practice. You can then move on to glass which is a lot easier to catch one handed as the container doesnt collapse if you grip it too tightly on catching.
    I’d advise providing drinks from an upstairs party to the breakaway garden party from over 40′ or so as a missed catch can result in glass shards being thrown out at your ankles like a hand grenade going off.

  3. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    It’s a Turkish name, so it ought to be /bakirdʒio:lu/, or in the east of Turkey, perhaps /bakirdʒioɣlu/.

    But of course pronunciations change with emigration.

  4. ajbjasus says

    From my experience standing on the terraces in English football grounds in the 70s the very last amber liquid you would expect to find in a plastic glass which someone threw at you would be beer !

  5. davidc1 says

    @2 Wrote , Also, he’s an ethnic Assyrian,
    I was astonished to find out a few years back there there are still Assyrian people around .
    Interesting people in the BCE ,got the christian god bug now .